Nelsonia (Acanthaceae)

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Nelsonia canescens, India.


Taxonavigation: Lamiales 
Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Asterids
Cladus: Lamiids
Ordo: Lamiales

Familia: Acanthaceae
Subfamilia: Nelsonioideae
Genus: Nelsonia
Species: N. canescens – N. gracilis – N. smithii

Source(s) of checklist: 



Nelsonia R.Br. Prodr. Fl. Nov. Holland. 480. (1810)


Native distribution areas:
  • Continental: Tropical & Subtropical Old World
    • Andaman Is., Angola, Assam, Bangladesh, Benin, Botswana, Burkina, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Caprivi Strip, Central African Republic, Chad, China South-Central, China Southeast, Congo, East Himalaya, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Gulf of Guinea Is., India, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Laos, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaya, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, New Guinea, Nicobar Is., Niger, Nigeria, Northern Territory, Philippines, Queensland, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Sulawesi, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Vietnam, West Himalaya, Western Australia, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe
  • Introduced into:
    • Bolivia, Brazil North, Brazil Northeast, Brazil Southeast, Brazil West-Central, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Florida, French Guiana, Honduras, Mexico Southwest, Nicaragua, Panamá, Puerto Rico

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition



Primary references


Additional references

  • Daniel, T.D. & McDade, L.A. (2014). Nelsonioideae (Lamiales: Acanthaceae): revision of genera and catalog of species. Aliso 32: 1-45.

Vernacular names

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